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The city of Hirado is located on Hirado Island in the northwestern part of Nagasaki Prefecture. It prospered as a castle town ruled by the feudal lord Matsu'ura. In 1609, the Hirado Dutch Trading House was established there, and as the area had an excellent natural port, Hirado became the central stage for trade with other countries, such as China, Holland and Portugal. At the site of the Hirado Dutch Trading House, there still remain old stone walls, called the Dutch Walls. The walls, which were built in the early 17th century, are 2 meters high and 30 meters long. Also located nearby is the Dutch Well, which was built around the same time as the walls. Sakikata-koen Park commands a superb view of Hirado Port and is a famous spot for Hirado tsutsuji (azaleas). The tombs of William Adams, an Englishman who contributed to the development of foreign trade in Hirado (taking the Japanese name of Miura Anjin), and his wife are located in the park. Also inside the park is a monument to St. Francis Xavier, the man who first introduced Christianity into Japan.
Southernwestern tip of Kyushu with great foreign influence
Historic port town famous for its Peace Park
Popular onsen destination in Nagasaki, Shimabara-hanto Peninsula
One of 3 best night views of Japan
Museum built on atomic bomb; expression of hopes for world peace
A specialty noodle dish that has a thick broth and noodles made to be cheap and nutritious.
People Gather Every Year to View the 8,500 Azalea Bloom
Dutch town-themed park in Nagasaki with a European atmosphere